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A course to help you better understand sports nutrition diet, nutrition for fitness, sports nutrition supplements, and the relationships between performance, health and food.
Student gain an understanding and skills in:
There are 9 lessons in this course:
Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.
For more information on this course, please request your free course information pack.p>SCOPE OF STUDIES:
There are nine lessons in total. At the end of each lesson there is an assignment, which you submit to your tutor for marking.
Lesson 1 Introduction to Human and Sports Nutrition. This
lesson gives the student a basic grounding in human nutrition as it relates to
sport. Topics include: dietary nutrients; recommended daily intake; the
balanced diet; carbohydrates (including the glycaemic index), fats and
Lesson 2 Energy. This lesson explains the concept of
chemical energy and how it is produced in the human body. Topics include:
Calories and Kilojoules; energy systems and adenosine triphosphate; and aerobic
vs anaerobic respiration.
Lesson 3 Energy in the athlete’s body. This lesson examines
how energy is utilised in the human body. Topics include: aerobic capacity;
respiratory quotient; metabolism; stages of exercise; energy sources during
exercise; and protein as an energy source.
Lesson 4 The training diet. Looks at the principles of a
training diet and how to design an effective training diet. Topics include
carbohydrates; proteins and the protein needs of athletes; fats; other
nutrients (such as antioxidants); and meal timing
Lesson 5 The competition diet. In this lesson, the student
will learn about the principles behind and how to design a diet for an athlete
for the days leading up to, during and after a competition. Topics include
carbohydrate loading and the carbohydrate needs of athletes; guidelines for pre
competition eating; eating during competition; competition, fatigue and
nutrition; and competition recovery requirements.
Lesson 6 Fluids. Explains the importance of fluids in an
athlete’s diet. Topics include: the function of water in the human body; fluid
needs in humans; water and solute regulation in the body; electrolytes; water
and body temperature regulation; fluid intake before, during and after
exercise; and intra venous fluid replacement.
Lesson 7 The athlete’s body composition. Teaches students
about the body composition of an athlete, and methods of measuring body
composition. Topics include: components of the human body; body composition
assessment techniques; the importance of body composition to performance; and
the body mass index.
Lesson 8 Weight Management. This lesson examines effective
methods for weight reduction and body fat control where they are deemed
necessary. Topics include: the mechanics of weight loss; why athletes may want
to lose weight; “making weight” and “cutting up”; weight loss and physical
performance; overweight people; weight change and low energy diets; tips for
losing body fat; key characteristics of a safe weight reduction diet; and
Lesson 9 Training for Size and the use of Sports
Supplements. Examines methods of increasing muscle mass and assesses the use of
sports supplements. Topics include: how to gain weight; gaining muscle mass;
evaluating the use of sports supplements; types of sports supplements; and
supplements and drug testing.
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